There were a couple of troubling things I saw on this trip. First was the open racism from some people. More the one person referred to "that nigger in the White House". Illegal immigrants were being blamed for everything. Second was the question I get a lot "aren't you afraid?". When I said "afraid of what?" they would reply, "well you know..." The sad part about our country is that politicians, news networks and corporate marketing are exploiting and creating fears for their gain. From undefined terrorist to scary germs to burglar alarms ad's to people that do not look like me, people have grown afraid of "well you know...." life!
When I bought Scoot three years ago, I thought my first trip from Florida to North Carolina was going to be a monumental event. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would ride across America on a Vespa. Crossing America three times in less than four months was not even fathomable.
I would say that is the end of the scooterdiaries2010, but you never know. Next year I hope to get back to just meandering instead of long rides.
As always, I challenge you to get our to of your comfort zone. You may be surprised that you really more comfortable there.